Orlando Sentinel – by Richard Tribou
Even though parents may be floored by the idea a child could make a serious threat of a mass shooting, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office wants parents to know they take threats seriously.
That’s what happened to one mother of a Daytona Beach Seabreeze High School student who was arrested recently for threatening to “kill 7 people at a minimum” in a video game chat room, according to the sheriff’s office.
Video of the arrest, which does not identify the student, mother or arresting officers, was posted to the sheriff’s office Facebook page.
The full comment made was: “I Dalton Barnhart vow to bring my fathers m15 to school and kill 7 people at a minimum,” according to the sheriff’s office.
The post explains the comment was reported to the FBI, who then let the sheriff’s office know.
“The name ‘Dalton Barnhart’ was fake, and the young man responsible for the comment insisted it was a joke,” reads the post. “Joke or not, these types of comments are felonies under the law. After the mass violence we’ve seen in Florida and across the country, law enforcement officers have a responsibility to investigate and charge those who choose to make these types of threatening statements.”
The video demonstrates the gravity of the situation as arresting officers explain to the mother what’s happening.
“He made a statement, a threat, a written threat, to plan to carry out a mass shooting,” said one arresting official from the sheriff’s office.
“But he’s a little kid playing a video game,” the mother said. “These games, these kids say stuff like that all the time. It is a joke to them. It’s a game. It’s so wrong. I hate that game.”
The mother was then told her son would be taken to juvenile detention and would facing a felony charge.
“He’s just a little boy. He didn’t do anything wrong. Yes he’s a teenager, but he’s still a little boy and he’s not one of the crazy people out there doing stuff,” she said in the video. “He shouldn’t be treated as though he’s a terrorist or something because he made a silly statement on a video game.”
Another of the arresting officers explains to the mother, “Unfortunately in this day and age, this is what happens. Kids get on these things and they say this, and parents say, ‘It’s not my son’ and it might not be your son, but unfortunately, somebody’s son does and then this is the world we’re in where kids are getting shot in school…and unfortunately we can’t take risks.”
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The name ‘Dalton Barnhart’ was fake, and the young man responsible for the comment insisted it was a joke,” reads the post. “Joke or not, these types of comments are felonies under the law. After the mass violence we’ve seen in Florida and across the country, law enforcement officers have a responsibility to investigate and charge those who choose to make these types of threatening statements.”
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“Joke or not, these types of comments are felonies under the law.”
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